Santana, Rondon Are System's Best

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana and Hector Rondon keep getting recognition for their fine 2009 seasons. The Indians named Santana winner of the 2009 Lou Boudreau Award as the best position player in their minor-league system and Rondon winner of the 2009 Bob Feller Award as the best pitcher. The award is one of many won in 2009 by Santana, a switch-hitting catcher who helped Akron win the Double-A Eastern League.

Santana, 23, spent the entire 2009 season at Double-A as he batted .290 (124-for-428) with 91 runs, 30 doubles, 23 home runs and 97 RBI with a .530 slugging percentage and .943 OPS in 130 games.

Following the season, he was named the Eastern League's Most Valuable Player. He also was named to both the mid-season and post-season EL All-Star teams as he led the league in slugging percentage, OPS and walks (90), was second in home runs, RBI and on-base percentage (.413), third in runs and fourth in both extra base hits (55) and total bases (227).

His 23 home runs led the Indians Player Development System while his 91 runs and 97 RBI were second most among organizational farmhands.

Acquired in July 2008 from the Los Angeles Dodgers for veteran Casey Blake, Santana's 90 walks set an Aeros record.

He had an outstanding second half. After the All-Star break, he batted .329 with nine homers and 39 RBI in 47 games.

Santana, a converted infielder, was solid behind the plate as he threw out 24 of 79 (30.4%) of the runners that attempted to steal.

Santana recently had surgery for a broken hammate bone in his right hand. The Indians expect him to be fully recovered by the time spring training camp opens.

Rondon, 21, combined to go 11-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 27 games including 25 starts between Akron and Triple-A Columbus.

In 146 1-3 innings overall, he allowed 143 hits and walked only 29 while striking out 137. He opened the season at Akron, going 7-5 with a 2.75 ERA in 15 games including 13 starts. In 72 innings, he gave up 60 hits and 16 walks, striking out 73. He was named the Eastern League All-Star team, but did not play in the game since he was promoted to Columbus before it was played.

With the Clippers, the right-hander went 4-5 with a 4.00 ERA in 12 starts. In 74 1-3 innings, he gave up 83 hits, walked 13 and fanned 64.

For the year he led all Indians minor-league pitchers in strikeouts (137), was tied for third in wins (11) and fourth in innings pitched (146.1).

Rondon was signed by the Indians in 2004 as a non-drafted free agent.

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